This 2-day course introduces climbers to the art of climbing natural (unbolted) routes. Trad is the purest form of climbing. The emphasis is on problem solving and critical thinking skills – both of which are necessary to engage traditionally protected routes. Participants must have sport leading experience and be comfortable on the rock.
Comfortable Hiking with a Light Pack
Comfortable Climbing 5.8 – 5.9 on Top-Rope
Lead Belay Trained
Types of Gear (Passive and Active)
Proper Placement on Rock Quality Evaluation
Run of the Rope
The Art of Falling
Mock Lead Practice
Preparing and Racking
Gear Anchors and Belaying
Personal Climbing Gear (Shoes, Harness, Belay Device, etc.)
If you do not own a trad rack, we can supply gear during the course.
Trad Rack (Cams, Stoppers, Hexes, etc.)
PDF Outline of the Course Content with Links to Additional Resources
Participants are responsible for transportation, food, and lodging.
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas
This advanced course is limited to a maximum of three climbers.
1 : 1 – $600 per Participant
2 : 1 – $500 per Participant
3 : 1 – $400 per Participant